WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$636 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Project Planning and Management
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Diploma in Project Planning and Management builds knowledge and skills in the planning and management of development projects and programs. It is designed to deepen critical understanding of the strategies, processes, techniques and issues involved in taking ideas for development and turning them into practical realities with identifiable outcomes and benefits.

The course provides an excellent basis for career enhancement or conversion for those with interest and experience in projects for development. The focus of the course is on development projects in the public or private sectors, but the underlying principles are applicable to all types of project, including those for commercial benefits.

Diploma in Project Planning and Management is suited across all industry sectors. However, the course is more relevant to those who are currently Project Coordinators, Project Management Officers and Project Team Members, Project or Program Administrators and those who aspire to be directly involved in development projects.

Training in Project Planning and Management enhances knowledge and skills in formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

The devolved system of governance in Kenya is meant to make Counties centers of development by giving them the autonomy in setting their priorities. Devolution has effectively shifted the responsibility for identifying, planning and implementing development projects and programs from the central government to the County governments.

For purposes of sustainability and smooth implementation of development projects at the County level, it is imperative that all the stakeholders have the requisite capacity in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

Today, it has become increasingly important that we must use the available resources prudently as well as manage and control our development projects more efficiently. As a result, project planning and management is recognized as an essential component of nearly all the professions today.

Training in Diploma in Project Planning and Management t produce human resource with the relevant knowledge and skills in formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects


Duration and Structure
The Diploma in Project Planning and Management will be covered in two academic years. The Course may be taken either as full-time or as part-time. Students must go through fieldwork attachment which will be supervised by members of academic staff. The student will be required to write a field report. To graduate, a student must successfully complete a minimum of 90 Credit Factors.Credit factors shall consist of both Project Planning and Management courses and courses from other disciplines.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Candidates must have obtained a minimum mean grade of C (plain) at Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), or its equivalent. In addition, candidates must have obtained C (plain) in any of the subjects in humanities at KCSE or its equivalent. Admission is also open to holders of Certificate in Project Management and/or other related courses from institutions recognized by Chuka University.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
On completion of Diploma in Project Planning and Management, students should be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of relevant knowledge about project planning and management.

Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in project planning and management which is informed by leading edge research and practice in the field.

Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate project planning and management techniques.

Apply principles and practices of project planning, design, preparation, and appraisal techniques for projects in a development context.

Apply theory and practice of management skills for project and program management, focusing particularly on ‘hard’ and ‘soft’skills for successful project implementation

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $636
Tuition Fees for International Students: $795

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 70,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 87,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
General School Office
For General Enquiries